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Old 01-27-2005, 04:38 PM   #1
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New here/questions about husband/MS/ON etc

My husband had an optic neuritis attack last February. It was very typical symptoms starting with eye pain, then strange vision in one eye (blurred on one part) that got worse for a week then slowly improved. His vision got bad with exercise and his color vision is still distorted. He went to a specialist - said he had a mild case, vision almost completely back to normal other than some color issues. Had an MRI which was clear according to his Dr., but the MRI radiologist said it was "inconclusive"

He has had no other symptoms, but he is has a bad cold right now and his eye pain has returned so we are worried he is having another attack. He said the pain is not as bad as last year.

What are all of your opinions about this - if it is another mild attack, he was told steroids aren't a good idea unless it is a bad attack. Should he call his Doc again, even if there is nothing they can do. Should he have another MRI/what will this do/how will this help him? He has had no other MS symptoms. What do the MS drugs do/does he have MS by having multiple Optic Neuritis attacks, or does he need another symptom. Also, is it true that MS tends to be more mild when presenting symptom is Optic Neuritis?

I'm a little nervous because I'm a SAHM and he is very successful in what he does at work - I'm scared to death of what will happen to his happiness and our financial situation if things get a lot worse....so far it hasn't really affected our lives, other than the stress of the what ifs...

Thanks for any input you can offer.

Jen

 
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Old 01-30-2005, 08:38 PM   #2
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Re: New here/questions about husband/MS/ON etc

I think that it is a good idea for him to see a doctor (preferable the same one) every time he gets an attack or something that ressembles an attack. (My neuro tells me to report anything abnormal that lasts long than 5 days) There might be nothing the doctors can do, however, they can note the symptoms in his record and that can eventually help to make a clearer diagnosis.

About the steroid injections, they help lessen symptoms and make the attack fade faster, but if you use them often, they can have long term side affects, which is why doctors hesitate to prescribe them.

MS drugs are something completely different. They are taken continuously and help prevent other attacks and developpement of the disease.

As for whether or not your husband has MS, you need more symptoms before a diagnosis can be made. Living in the "what ifs" is terrible (we've all been there), but sometimes it takes a long time before enough proof can be gathered to make a diagnosis. The best thing to do is take it one day at a time and deal with the problems as they happen. If having MS has taught me anything, it's be prepared, but don't stop living either.

Best of luck to you and your husband!

 
Old 01-31-2005, 09:24 AM   #3
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hi!! i had optic neuritis two times,maybe more and it would cross over to the left eye then the right eye.i would wear a patch on the optic eye for a few hours then put the patch on the other eye.i told my doctor about this and he laugh,said if it helps me then go ahead.i did this as long as the neuritis lasted and i also put a cold compress on the eyes to help.i've found that this helps me alot.you are a good wife,hang in there girl,he will be alright,these systomss are scary but hang in there.

 
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